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Improve Our Tulsa Update

This article was archived on 2/28/2017

The City of Tulsa is delivering with progress as promised for street improvements. The majority of projects in the 2008 Fix Our Streets program have been completed, and work is well under way on street projects approved in 2013 for the Improve Our Tulsa program. This year's mild weather through November provided a wider window for construction work to be completed or progress.

 

Fix Our Streets

In 2008, Tulsa voters approved $451.6 million in General Obligation Bond and Third Penny Sales Tax funds for the Fix Our Streets program. Of the total 137 Fix Our Streets projects, 110 projects - or 80 percent - are completed with construction. Seventeen of the projects are under construction, and 10 are pending advertisement as soon as right-of-way acquisition and utility relocations are completed.

Improve Our Tulsa

When Tulsa voters were asked to renew General Obligation Bonds and the Third Penny Sales Tax for capital improvements in 2013, many Fix Our Streets projects were complete or well under way. Voters passed Improve Our Tulsa, which included issuance of $355 million in General Obligation Bonds for street and bridge improvements and a $563.7 million extension of the Third Penny Sales Tax, of which $270 million goes to fund more street and transportation projects.

Improve Our Tulsa General Obligation Bonds have funded 87 street projects. Seventy-nine of those projects have been funded for design, and 42 have been funded for construction through three of six bond issues. Of the 79 projects funded for design, 48 are completed with design. Of the 42 projects funded for construction, two are completed with construction - these are neighborhood street rehabilitation projects. Sixteen of the projects are under construction and 21 of the projects are pending advertisement as soon as right-of-way acquisition and utility relocations are completed.

For the Improve Our Tulsa street projects funded with the Third Penny Sales Tax: 34 arterial projects have received design funding and are in progress with design. Multi-Modal Mobility Studies are running in front of final design of the arterial projects. There are currently 22 active Multi-Modal Mobility Studies in various stages of completion going on throughout the city.

Of the 34 arterial projects in design, five are complete and 11 are at the 90-percent stage with completion dependent on Multi-Modal Mobility Studies. Two are under construction: Riverside Drive, 24th Street to 33rd Place, and the East 61st Street and South Sheridan Road intersection. Six more are scheduled to advertise in 2017.